Re-classifying housing associations – Nearly Legal

Posted November 21st, 2017 in budgets, housing, local government, news, regulations by sally

‘Slightly under the radar (possibly), but of enormous significance, the ONS has re-classified housing associations (or private registered providers of social housing – in the new language which I can’t get used to) as private sector, and in so doing has wiped around £60billion off the public sector debt. It is this re-classification which has given Hammond room to manoeuvre in the coming budget (although the rumours are that he is going to put £5billion only, and that appears to be going towards home ownership – plus ca change), which kind of proves the value in spreadsheets and the significance of audit practices.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st November 2017

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Grenfell Tower fire: Britain’s housing laws ‘inadequate’ and ‘outdated’, finds Shelter report – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2017 in fire, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, regulations, reports by tracey

‘Britain’s “inadequate” and “outdated” housing laws are failing to prioritise tenant safety, a damning report commissioned by Shelter has found.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2017

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Treat Insolvency Rules as ‘a complete code’ for payment of statutory interest, rules Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Court of Appeal has determined the extent of creditors’ entitlements to statutory interest on their debts and the correct approach for calculating their entitlement. It has ruled on the entitlement of representative creditors of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE) to the surplus funds and on the calculation of the statutory interest due to them.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th November 2017

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CCTV to be made compulsory in all animal slaughterhouses, Government announces – The Independent

‘CCTV will be made compulsory in all animal slaughterhouses under new government plans announced today. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, said that, from next spring, all abattoirs where live animals are present will be forced to install cameras in an attempt to clamp down on mistreatment.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2017

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The FA v Cellino – Behind the headlines – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘Almost a year since the case was heard before an FA Regulatory Commission, the final decision in the case of The FA v Massimo Cellino has been published.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 6th November 2017

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Award of contracts – Local Government Law

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in news, public procurement, regulations, tenders by tracey

‘R (Hersi & Co) v Lord Chancellor (2017) EWHC 2667 (TCC) is concerned with the defendant’s conduct of a public procurement exercise for the award of contracts to provide publicly-funded legal services relating to immigration and asylum and mental health work.’

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Local Government Law, 1st November 2017

Source: local-government-law.11kbw.com

Public Law Podcast Seminar on Radicalisation Part 3: Detention – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in asylum, detention, EC law, extradition, news, regulations by tracey

‘Detention and the common European Asylum System – Alasdair Henderson and Suzanne Lambert

The highlights of the Public Law Seminar given by members of 1 Crown Office Row are now available for podcast download here or from iTunes under Law Pod UK, Episodes 13, 14 and 15. For ease of reference the following three posts set out the introductions to each of the presentations and the case citations.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th October 2017

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BSB publishes updated disciplinary tribunal regulations and rules on parental leave in new BSB Handbook – Bar Standards Board

‘A new rule clarifying how vulnerable witnesses give evidence is one of a set of new and updated disciplinary tribunal regulations published today in the new version of the BSB handbook. The revised Handbook also contains new rules about shared parental leave, in addition to some minor amendments to provide additional clarity.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st November 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance – Department for Education

Posted October 27th, 2017 in children, consultations, education, government departments, news, regulations by sally

‘This consultation seeks views on significant revisions to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.’

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Department for Education, 25th October 2017

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Suspicious transaction reports to FCA soar to record high – OUT-LAW.com

‘The number of reports notifying the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of suspicious transactions have risen to their highest ever level, more than doubling in the last two years.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd October 2017

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New Electronic Communications Code set to take effect in December, says government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in codes of practice, news, planning, regulations, telecommunications by sally

‘New rules regarding the rights and obligations that arise in relation to the deployment and maintenance of mobile phone masts and other telecoms infrastructure are “expected to take effect in December”, according to the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th October 2017

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GDPR: scope of rules on profiling not confined to solely automated processing, data watchdog says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in data protection, EC law, news, regulations by sally

‘Laws that place restrictions on the ‘profiling’ of individuals do not just apply to data processing completed entirely automatically, EU data protection authorities have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th October 2017

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UK government pushes for compliance with Modern Slavery Act – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government has amended its guidance over how companies and other organisations should show they have taken steps to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business and supply chains.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th October 2017

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Ex-NHS chief backs doctors’ warning over ID checks on patients – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2017 in charities, health, identification, news, pilot schemes, regulations by tracey

‘A former chief executive of the NHS is among 1,000 signatories to a letter to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, warning of the risks posed by imposing identification checks and upfront charges for NHS care. School nurses, abortion services, community-based midwifery and mental health services, as well as specialist services for homeless people and asylum seekers, will be included in the new regime. Doctors say the rules will deter sick people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

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Bar to consult on scrapping LGBT reporting restrictions – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Bar Standards Board is considering dropping a rule that allows one barrister to prevent an entire set from revealing the sexual orientation and religious beliefs of its members.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th October 2017

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Revealed: BSB set to expand price transparency obligation beyond public access to referral Bar – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) will say today that new rules on publishing prices should extend to referral barristers as well as those handling public access work.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Series, Part 3 – GDPR consent and fair processing – Technology Law Update

Posted September 20th, 2017 in consent, data protection, EC law, news, regulations by sally

‘Every data processing activity requires a lawful basis. Such lawful basis may be provided directly by law, or by consent granted by the data subject, both according to the statutory requirements set out in the Directive 95/46/EC and, importantly, national data protection laws. This general principle remains unchanged under the GDPR, however, the new Regulation provides for new or additional requirements for such consent to be a lawful basis for processing and transfer of personal data.’

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Technology Law Update, 14th September 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Series, Part 2 – the importance of self-assessment – Technology Law Update

Posted September 20th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, news, regulations by sally

‘In any major project there is an analysis phase – involving a careful examination of your organisation’s current set-up and what needs to be done to deliver the project successfully. Preparing for the GDPR is no exception. Depending on the structures and practices of your organisation, compliance could require a significant allocation of resources to ensure that you are ready by the implementation date: 25 May 2018.’

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Technology Law Update, 15th June 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

New duty to notify data breaches will provide general benefits to data privacy and security, says UK watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 7th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, news, notification, privacy, regulations by tracey

‘Data security and privacy will be bolstered by the introduction of new data breach reporting requirements, the UK’s information commissioner has said..’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th September 2017

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Ofgem to tear up the rule book on energy customer contact – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 7th, 2017 in consumer protection, energy, news, regulations by tracey

‘The energy industry’s regulator is planning to tear up the rule book governing how suppliers must communicate with their customers in a radical shift away from the prescriptive dictats of the past.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2017

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